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Yes it's possible. The question is - should you? From Wikitravel: To climb or not to climb Uluru is sacred to the Anangu people of the area. They say that the climb follows the track that the ancestoral Mala men took to get to the top for ceremony. They say that when you climb, you are on their tracks. In addition, there are some safety ...


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Assuming you're also exluding mountains only accessible by via ferrata, the highest one I've heard of is Mont Taou Blanc (3438 m) in Italy near the border to France. Here's a video of the ascent. The most difficult/dangerous part can be seen at 1:40 - and you can see that it's a very popular tour.


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I did some research and it seems that Inneres and Üsseres Barrhorn in Switzerland are the highest mountains in Europe that can be reached by hikers. This is also mentioned on the English Wikipedia page. The German Wikipedia page has more information about that. On hikr.org, a very popular hiking platform in Switzerland, it is also mentioned that the Barrhorn ...


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I left my copy of the Rohit Chauhan book at the Cafe in Hampi. Just go to Hotel Vijayraghav (the first hotel, as you cross the river from the ruin side to the rock climbing side) and check the desk for books. Feel free to use it and leave it back in the desk for future visitors :) As for crash mats, you can rent them there. At the same Vijayraghav hotel, ...


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Many mountaineering agencies claim that there are 1310 peaks over 6000m in Nepal alone. Other agencies claim that there are thousands of such peaks in the world, meaning that no comprehensive list of peaks over 6000m probably exists. This makes sense, as peaks should intuitively follow some sort of power-law distribution, meaning that there should be much ...


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For Mount Kilimanjaro you have to book your trip through a Kilimanjaro trekking agency/climb operator that has been approved by the Kilimanjaro park authorities. You can book with a travel company that is licensed to run tours but these will often be a little more expensive. For a cheaper option when you get there ask around. You can find many local guides ...


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It seems that it depends if your friend want to get close to the mountain itself. It may be possible to get there overday from Nairobi to get som distant glimpses but it does not seem viable to go back and forth and do some climbing. This is also confirmed by a thread at kenya-advisor.com. There are several companies that arrange trips to the mount kenya and ...


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Andorra has a lot of via ferratas and is small enough to do without a car. You can find a list of all via ferratas in Andorra with their corresponding difficulty level. Also you can find information about how to move through Andorra by public transport here.


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As Mark's answer says it is currently permitted to climb Uluru when it's not closed for safety reasons etc. But it does come up in the news from time to time that it might be closed completely! If you do some web searching you can find plenty of articles at least in the 2009 to 2011 period concerning this. So yes it's open for now, but there is a real ...


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I just got back from climbing Kilimanjaro, and we went through Focus in Africa The guy who organized our trek, Nelson, was very accomodating, and helped us arrange hotels and a safari after our climb as well. We did the 7 day Machame route, and it cost $1550 a person for a group climb. If you want to do it privately it's $200 extra. You can do Machame in 6 ...


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I have recently done a lot of research in to guides for doing Mt. Kilimanjaro here are some points I found that were important. There are three types of tour groups low end, middle and high end. The price for low end is roughly 1800 - 2100USD middle is 2100 - 3000USD and high end is anywhere from 3000 - 5000USD. You'll find that the high end groups ...


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According to this link there where 306 people climbing K2, 30 of which died. This would result in a fatality rate of ca. 10%. This table only includes actual successful ascents. This list lists 80 fatalities including those who died during the ascent. I couldn't find any number of attempted ascents though. On another note the success rate seems to have ...


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It is sad that most companies claim 98%, because there is really no truth behind those fact. If you ask them for the actual numbers most will not release them. We decided to climb with E-Trip Africa as they do put up statistics that seem a little more realistic. They claim 88-89% overall, and when I asked for actual numbers of people it calculated ...


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The standard measure for a mountain's difficulty is the ratio of summits to fatalities. Per Wikipedia, as of 2009, the hardest mountain is Annapurna I in Nepal, with a ratio of 157 summit ascents and 60 deaths, or 38%. This means that, for every five people who reached the top, two died trying (or on the way back). I'll stick to a nice brisk walk around ...


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In Europe you have several options, often encompassed by the Alps. While you can use a tour, often the tour suggestions are merely good idea for you to use. But they do at least let you know if it's able to be hiked without any climbing gear. You can hike in the Italian Dolomites, the Carpathian Mountains, Bulgaria, Transylvania, the Fjords of Norway and ...


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There are three guide companies available for climbing Rainier: Alpine Ascents International (206)378-1927 International Mountain Guides LLC (360)569-2609 Rainier Mountaineering, Inc. (360)569-2227 They are all probably pretty good. I've heard good things about RMI. I don't know about prices. It's possible to do without a guide company, if you learn and ...


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It is not possible to climb Mt. Kenya in one day. The usual route is 3days. Also cars are not allowed in the whole park. What you could do is driving to the entrance and than walk to one of the huts at, let's say 3500meters. So it is definitely a several day long trip... But it's worth it. I went to Mt. Kenya from Sandai Farm. They organizided everything. ...


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The German site linked to in Roflcoptr's answer mentions an even higher mountain in France, the Aiguille de la Grande Sassière (3751 m) and claims this is definitely the highest "hiking mountain" in Western Europe, but cautions that the ascent includes some "light climbing" passages, and depending on the weather the final ascent might be ice-covered.


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If you want to climb the highest mountain in the UK, that would be Ben Nevis with ~1344m. There is a city nearby called Fort William and the surrounding area is stunning! Especially going from Fort Williams to the west coast by train is a great ride and there are many lochs and hills to explore. Alternatively in the Isle of Skye in northern Scotland there ...


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Wolfram Alpha gives: 19 peaks above 8000m 95 peaks between 7000m and 8000m. One of its sources, Peakware finds: 20 peaks above 8000m. 99 peaks between 7000 and 8000m, 151 peaks between 6000m and 7000m, For Asia only, it finds 94 peaks between 6000m and 7000m, the peaks above 7000m are all in Asia.


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While I can't (yet) find a central list of success rates, numerous operators boast theirs on their websites. However, as some sites point out: Even though outfitters and tour operators flaunt high success rates, official statistics indicate that a very high percentage of trekkers turn back before summiting Uhuru Peak. It is quite "an ...


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There's two close to that there I'm aware of. Mountain Designs City Crag. Located within the Mountain Designs store (go right to the back and its on the left) at 499 Kent st. Sydney (about 2 blocks from Centrepoint). This has closed and re-opened at least a few times over the past few years, so it'd be worth calling first to see if they are actually still ...


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I just found out that I will be able to access the peak! By booking a night at the Altavista refuge, they let us climb to the peak in the early morning (only)! Access to the crater It is advisable to leave the refuge at about 6 am, to reach the Teide crater before dawn. When you stay overnight at Altavista del Teide Refuge, you are entitled ...


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Depending on your definition, Wikipedia has a list of mountains by elevation. Certainly according to that, there are 6000ers outside of the Andes, Himalaya and Alaska - including peaks in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Tibet (regions outside of the Himalaya). Summary: 14 peaks over 8000m. 93 peaks between 7000 and 8000m (meaning 107 peaks above 7000m) 75 ...


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Bouldering and rock climbing in India is still in initial stages. Hence it will be difficult for one to find any rental shops (probably none) in Hampi. And Lonely planet says it is better to bring a decent bouldering mat and plenty of gear from home. And also Hampi being a UNESCO heritage center, bolting is limited to places. And with respect to guide ...


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The town you want to get to near the mountain is called Santa Elena de Uairén. From Caracas there are direct buses (22 hours) or buses via Ciudad Bolivar (8h + 12h) or Puerto Ordaz (12h + 9h). Bus companies you can try are: Expresos Los Llanos, Expressos Caribe, Expressos San Cristobel and Expressos Occidante. In Santa Elena you can get on a tour, a ...


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Sweden's highest mountain Kebnekaise is accessible by foot though it is not that high (only some 2106 metres). My co-blogger Hardy did it and wrote about it.


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I climbed Kilimanjaro a couple of weeks ago, and booked it with Gap Adventures. It costs €1139 per person. Gap Adventures uses the local operator Zara Tours for this trek, and it was a great experience. At first I was a little worried since the 5-day Marangu route supposedly has a high failure rate due to the quick ascent, but in a group of 13 people ...


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Rock climbing is definitely possible, you can find a guidebook here Not sure about going deep water solo. Source: I have been to Malta and I have many Maltese friends.


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Coincidently, I came across this guidebook yesterday: http://climbinginindia.blogspot.com/2010/04/climbing-guide-book-of-hampi-and-badami.html accorording to UKC You can order it by contacting Rohit: rohit.climber [AT] gmail.com



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